Monday, November 21, 2011

pumpkin cupcakes


Last year I shared a four layer pumpkin cake that I make every year for Thanksgiving. (I believe I described it as pumpkintacular.) This year, because somewhere along the way I transformed me into a cupcake freak, I turned that pumpkin cake recipe into cute little pumpkin cupcakes. The cupcake is great but the icing is by far the best part. It's so light and fluffy and tastes like a whipped pumpkin pie. It's bliss on a cupcake.

Trust me you'll want to try these! 

• 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
• 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/3 cup oil
• 4 eggs
• 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
• 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup powdered sugar
• 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
• 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
• 1/4 cup chopped pecans

1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in large bowl with mixer until well blended.

3. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.

4. Bake 15-20 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to cool completely.

5. For the icing, beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in Cool Whip.

6. Pipe icing onto cupcakes.

7. Top with caramel and chopped pecans.

Enjoy!
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6 comments:

dawn said...

Allison,

These look sooooo yummy and good already. Glad this a pumpkin cupcake share and I will try this one. Just remember burning cupcakes is what I'm known for but will give it a try. Thanks for sharing the reciepe just in time for Thanksgiving.

In case you don't post again this week, have a wonderful and fun Thanksgiving with your family. Fill it with yummy food and lots of hugs from those sweet boys.

hugs,
Dawn

Janette said...

Thanks for sharing!! These look devine. I could eat them right off the screen! LOL!

Stacey Atchley said...

Can't wait! It will be one of the best things about Thanksgiving, I'm SURE!

COScraps said...

Definitely going to try these! Thank you for sharing! have a Happy Thanksgiving!

snapdragon said...

I love anything pumpkin (Except soup. Is that weird?).
Anyway, these look great and I will most definitely try them!

How's the nicotine battle going? Hang in there.

James said...

Very Delicious! Thanks for sharing that.